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Building Teams - Building Culture

‘Teamwork’ is a common tenet of many companies – but how do leaders successfully develop high-performing teams while fostering a harmonious, culturally-driven environment? By learning methodologies commonly utilized to assemble productive groups and acquiring the skills necessary to facilitate effective collaboration—even among virtual teams—participants in this course can increase staff engagement levels, create stronger interpersonal connections and maximize performance results.

    After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Describe the stages of team development, the functions at each stage, and the benefits of teaming
  • Identify the communication characteristics of high-performing teams and team members’ behavioral styles
  • Set goals successfully, and avoid common goal-setting mistakes
  • Explain how to foster accountability among team members to ensure all members succeed
  • Explore the effect of different behavioral styles on managing virtual employees
  • Develop esprit de corps and coordinate effective team-building activities
Section: BUILDTEAMS (18JUL19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jul 18, 2019 End Date: Jul 18, 2019 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register

Estimating and Proposing Landscape Enhancements

Offering landscape upgrades such as plant, stone and drainage system installation to your customers can be a lucrative endeavor for your landscape business. Designing and installing these enhancements can be challenging and there is nothing more disheartening than doing so at a financial loss. Intended for landscape designers and installation professionals, this class will provide you with the information you need to successfully propose landscape enhancements. Learn the meaning of margin and mark-up and the industry’s best techniques and formulas for estimating landscape upgrades for a profit!

After completing this program, participants will be able to:
  • Define the difference between gross margin and markup.
  • Calculate material and labor cost for a typical landscape installation project.
  • Accurately estimate and propose landscape enhancements for a desired profit margin.
Section: ESTIMATELAND (13APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 13, 2019 End Date: Apr 13, 2019 Tuition: $95.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Christopher Williams Register

Foundations of Graphic Design


In the world of graphic design, good looks are everything….and so many websites, posters, greeting cards and more need your help ASAP. Fortunately, creating professional content – whether for your job, church, family, or yourself – is made easier by understanding the fundamental concepts of graphic design.

Included in this course will be the identification of multiple visual communications principles and elements within good design: color theory, composition, typography and more. We’ll also demonstrate how these artistic decisions can create cohesive, expressive branding through the use of templates and style guides.

Come explore the graphic designer’s role -- as well as techniques for creative thinking and problem solving – as we study and discover effective visual communication strategies. Class discussions regarding variances between new digital media and traditional print design will also help budding designers eliminate anxieties about the unknown.

Through a series of lectures and project-based homework assignments, this course will demystify the graphic design profession for students who are:
  • new to working in design roles;
  • considering switching to a design career;
  • self-taught and struggle to find fundamental solutions; or
  • seasoned designers needing a refresher and introduction to emerging tools, techniques, and technologies.

ECE recommends completing this course as the first in the Fundamentals of Graphic Design Certificate, but it can be taken at any time during the program. Students will complete three assignments related to visual communication principles, creative briefs, and brand design. Experience with Adobe software is welcomed but not required for success.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Discuss the role of color, composition, and typography in visual communication
  • Explain the various roles and duties of a graphic design professional
  • Develop a roadmap to guide design projects from conception to completion
  • Choose the right hardware, software, and file types for each project
  • Make informed decisions about their projected career path

Section: FOUNDGRAPHIC (09FEB19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 9, 2019 End Date: Mar 2, 2019 Tuition: $695.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Christopher Brown Register

Managing Up: Forging a Successful Relationship with Your Supervisor

The accomplishments of your manager are often more critical to your success than your own achievements. When bosses miss deadlines, ignore goals, and fail to meet expectations, those unmet obligations inevitably become yours -- and the communication between you and your manager can suffer greatly as a result. Recognizing the principles of managing up can help increase the chances of success for both you and your manager. Identifying your boss’s needs while supporting these daily obligations can lead to a smoother work environment with more positive vibes, less conflict, and ultimately an effective relationship.

After this class, you will be able to:

  • Identify and support your supervisor’s strengths, weaknesses and working style.
  • Proactively seek consistent communication and monitor results for necessary improvements.
  • Determine your supervisor’s priorities, goals and pressures.
  • Establish expectations and a clear system of organization.
  • Help to eliminate preventable problems and use effective problem solving skills to find resolutions.
  • Exhibit positive behaviors that make you an invaluable employee.

Section: MANAGUP (10DEC18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Dec 10, 2018 End Date: Dec 10, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Nancy Colter Register

Narrative Medicine: Using Writing to Heal


In this course, students will explore writing as a tool for healing. The focus is not to perfect any particular genre of writing, but to discover the compatibility of one or more forms of writing with further journeys toward healing upon which to embark. From a patient’s perspective, expressing your feelings and experiences through writing can help to confront emotions, fears and hopes. As a caregiver, the writing process may help ease the burden of stress while increasing empathy, allowing you to deliver more compassionate care.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify their issues of concern
  • Express that concern through writing
  • Engage in collaborative discussion, using effective observation, speaking and listening skills
  • Reflect on their concern, individually and collaboratively, in concrete ways
  • Assess and describe any change in perception of their original issues of concern
Section: WRITINGTOHEAL (11FEB19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 11, 2019 End Date: Mar 18, 2019 Tuition: $425.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Anju Kanwar Register

Organizational Commitment

Achieving employee buy-in towards new initiatives can present significant challenges. How does leadership properly balance motivational incentives with the team’s productivity, satisfaction and/or profit objectives? Inspiring commitment is a key to success for enhancing organizational efficiency and boosting employee engagement. Utilize our helpful guidebook and action planning tools in order to develop a fresh perspective, effectively communicate with colleagues, and motivate employees towards success.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Describe the three types of commitment and implications of each
  • Increase awareness and use of best practices for enhancing influence and motivation and mitigating resistance to change
  • Practice analyzing situations to identify the types of commitment that exist and needs to be encouraged
  • Identify barriers to commitment and change
  • Practice developing awareness and use of proactive influence tactics to gain commitment for timely and meaningful information based on a simple request
Section: ORGCOMMIT (31JAN19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Jan 31, 2019 End Date: Jan 31, 2019 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: LaBrita Cash-Baskett Register

Solving Problems Creatively

Employers love problem-solvers – but producing effective solutions requires the ability to overcome obstacles and generate innovative ideas. Learn to successfully harness the power of creativity utilizing our hands-on course as you work to build and flex your creative muscles. We’ll provide tips, techniques and models to help develop resourcefulness, unlock potential, and improve your value to the company.

    After this class, you will be able to:
  • Identify and reduce their own creativity blocks
  • Create an environment that fosters creativity
  • Clarify and reframe problems
  • Generate multiple ideas using creative techniques
  • Convert ideas to viable, creative solutions
  • Develop a plan to implement the solutions
Section: SOLVEPROB (07DEC18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Dec 7, 2018 End Date: Dec 7, 2018 Tuition: $395.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: LaBrita Cash-Baskett Register

Stress Management

Enhanced team performance and improved work-life balance rely largely on proper management of stress. Leaders, managers and supervisors must cultivate an environment of communication and trust to promote awareness, adaptation, communication climate, personal accountability, and resilience. We’ll challenge the work-life balance concept and discuss factors that influence wellness and organizational goal achievement; we’ll also practice evidence-based stress management tactics grounded in organizational behavior and neuroscience research while creating an action plan for both personal and professional development.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Explain the nature of stress
  • Describe factors that influence achieving work-life balance
  • Discuss the role and importance of communication and trust
  • Apply an appropriate approach to a stressful situation
  • Practice stress management tactics, tools and techniques to adopt and practice
  • Create an action plan for personal and professional development
Section: STRESSMGMT (14DEC18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Dec 14, 2018 End Date: Dec 14, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: LaBrita Cash-Baskett Register

The Camera You Carry: Smartphone Photography

Think you need an expensive, bulky camera to capture many of life’s great moments? Take better photos using your smartphone! Our course includes hands-on demonstrations, practical assignments, and lectures to help you better utilize your smartphone’s camera features. Learn to improve your photo quality via proper exposure, better composition elements and editing software – then store and share your images with confidence.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Operate you smartphones with ease
  • Recognize and utilize the camera features of the smartphone
  • Improve the quality of your photos through proper exposure and better composition
  • Store and share photos with confidence
  • Enhance photos - after picture taking
Section: SMARTPHOTO (09FEB19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 9, 2019 End Date: Feb 9, 2019 Tuition: $125.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Billy Newman Register

The Pleasures of Poetry


An appreciation and understanding of poetry can be cultivated, blossoming into a lifelong passion. From haiku to epic narrative, this class will explore the infinite variety of this ever-evolving genre. We’ll discuss the nuts and bolts of form, meter, metaphor, and imagery, and how each plays a part in making a poem. There will be reading assignments from the textbook, followed by class discussion. If you’re also interested in writing poetry, heed the words of Mary Oliver, who says, “There is no better teacher than reading good poems.” No background in literature is required.

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After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Identify the basic elements of poetry: form, meter, image, and musicality
  • Integrate the reading of poetry into their lives with a deeper level of appreciation
  • Recognize the many resources available to poetry lovers in the 21st century, whether online, in print, or in the larger community
Section: READINGPOETRY (09APR19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Apr 9, 2019 End Date: Apr 30, 2019 Tuition: $250.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Alexa Selph Register

The Power of Personal Brand

In this course you will learn what a personal brand is, what the benefits are in having a clearly defined brand, and how to build and manage your own. You will leave with a new understanding of yourself as an individual and as a business entity, a provider of business services. You will also gain an understanding of how to use your brand to promote yourself and/or services. This class discusses the power of having an outstanding brand, something that companies have known and used for years, and maps it onto the individual for increase effectiveness, success and personal power.
Section: PERSBRAND (27NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 27, 2018 End Date: Nov 27, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Katie Karppala Register

Transformational Leadership: Inspiring Your Team

Transformational leadership techniques encourage leaders to achieve excellence by successfully engaging and motivating people. While other management theories rely on “telling” others what to do, the transformational methodology taps into amazing sources of drive and commitment by selling employees on both the vision and value of individual roles. Our interactive course examines how and when to utilize this approach for maximum leadership effectiveness, thereby generating significant buy-in and workforce ownership.

Class begins with a comparison of common leadership styles; we’ll then utilize tools and techniques to help you develop and implement a transformational leadership plan in your own workplace.

After this class, you will be able to:
  • Compare and contrast common leadership styles
  • Define transformational leadership
  • Use tools and techniques to implement the four components of transformational leadership:
    • Intellectual stimulation
    • Individualized consideration
    • Inspirational motivation
    • Idealized influence
  • Develop a plan to implement transformational leadership
Section: LEADERTRANSFORM (04DEC18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Dec 4, 2018 End Date: Dec 4, 2018 Tuition: $375.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Jonathan Burman Register

Watercolor 101 and Beyond

Both new and experienced painters can utilize this course to discover how to maximize and take full advantage of this complex -- yet extremely rewarding -- art medium. Come explore the science of color theory, learn about proper brush and paper selection, and practice effective painting techniques as you develop and refine your personal style through self-expression. Indulge your creativity and enjoy the gratifying process of producing your own masterpiece!

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Define and practice color theory with their paintings.
  • Define and practice composition, proportions and a variety of techniques with their paintings.
  • Determine their innate watercolor painting style through experimentation.
  • Develop and complete a painting by class end.

Section: WATERCOLOR (21FEB19) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Feb 21, 2019 End Date: Mar 28, 2019 Tuition: $225.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Kathleen Bosell Register

Your Image is a Communication Tool

Your image communicates messages about who you are as perceived by others and even yourself. You want to ensure these messages are consistent with your character, values, and what you have to offer. In this workshop, you will review the basic ingredients of nonverbal communication, better understand your own “filters,” and learn how judgments are formulated from visual impressions. This powerful information equips you to better understand the messages that you are sending out, and more effectively interpret the nonverbal messages you are receiving.


After this class, you will be able to:

  • Identify the basic elements of non-verbal communication
  • Identify their own filter in communication
  • Know how to increase positive communications in different environments
  • Be able to use image to strengthen brand professionally and personally
  • Identify ways to create stronger connections in relationships through communication
  • Learn strategies to manage their image
Section: IMAGECOMM (27NOV18) -- Learn More...
Start Date: Nov 27, 2018 End Date: Nov 27, 2018 Tuition: $195.00
Campus: Executive Park Instructor: Katie Karppala Register

Social Media Analytics


Social media can be essential to growing your business, but properly understanding and analyzing the relevant data is absolutely critical.

While working at Facebook, instructor Jessica Ludolph partnered with clients ranging from small businesses all the way up to larger companies including The Home Depot, Chick-fil-A, Burger King and more. Her input not only helped shape Facebook’s own advertising platform, but her focus on strategy and execution delivered amazing results for her clients. Join us to discover how these analytics can help guide your organization’s marketing strategy.

Simply having a presence on social media is hardly enough; a successful approach must include continuous testing, monitoring and optimization to achieve goals. Who’s interacting with your content? What should your goals be? How do you establish Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and, more importantly, measure and track your results against those metrics by utilizing reporting tools?

The need to evaluate the results of your published content and paid advertising campaigns to help improve future marketing efforts cannot be overstated. We’ll cover the fundamentals and insider techniques of social media analytics for both beginners as well as seasoned digital marketers looking to understand how to better analyze data, take action, and get results.

Prerequisites: Participants in this course must:
  • possess basic computer, internet, and social media skills;
  • bring a notebook computer, tablet, or smartphone to follow along with in-class exercises;
  • have a Facebook Business Page created prior to the first class session; and
  • be prepared to invest a minimum of $20 in a paid social media campaign.

Who Should Attend: Aspiring and existing marketing specialists, business owners, and entrepreneurs looking to understand the social data available across various platforms and how that data can be used to measure business results.

After completing this course, participants will be able to:
  • Explain how social analytics are derived from both organic data and paid campaign data
  • Analyze Audience Insights to further identify who is interacting with your social content and how—and how to apply that information in a paid marketing strategy
  • Create attainable goals for social campaigns and establish realistic KPIs to determine effectiveness
  • Set up and track paid social campaigns on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn
  • Pull analytics reports and determine the metrics to focus on based on goals/KPIs
  • Optimize future social media marketing efforts and make informed, data backed decisions